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State hoops roundup (Jan. 14): Towson hangs on to defeat Northeastern

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Arnaud William Adala Moto made 12 of 13 free throws and finished with 24 points and seven rebounds, John Davis added 16 points and the host Towson men's basketball team held off Northeastern, 74-67, on Saturday.

Eddie Keith II added 10 points and four rebounds off the bench for the Tigers (10-9, 2-4 Colonial Athletic Association), who ended the Huskies' eight-game winning streak and gave them their first conference loss.

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Towson led 39-29 at halftime and maintained that advantage for the first 15 minutes of the second half, leading 64-54 with 4:31 remaining. Northeastern cut the lead to three twice in the final two minutes, but each time the Tigers answered with a basket.

T.J. Williams played all 40 minutes and finished with 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting for the Huskies (12-6, 5-1). Devon Begley, who played 39 minutes, made three of five from 3-point range, scoring 15 points and adding four steals.

Coppin State 75, North Carolina A&T 73, OT: Chas Brown (Baltimore City Community College) scored 18 points, including the winning tip-in, to lift the host Eagles (4-15, 3-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) over the Aggies (1-16, 0-4).

Tied at 73 with three seconds left, Coppin State's Keith Shivers missed a 3-pointer but Brown got to the rebound for the tip-in. Austin Williams missed a 3-pointer at the other end as time expired and Coppin State got its first back-to-back wins of the season.

Mount St. Mary's 78, St. Francis (Pa.) 72: Elijah Long (John Carroll) totaled 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists, Greg Alexander made four 3s and finished with 16 points and the host Mount (7-12, 5-1 Northeast) overcame a 15-point first-half deficit.

Keith Braxton scored 25 points on 11-for-16 from the field for the Red Flash (6-11, 3-3).

Navy 88, Lafayette 51: Bryce Dulin made five of six 3-pointers and scored a career-best 23 points to help the visiting Midshipmen (8-10, 3-3 Patriot) cruise past the Leopards (6-11, 2-4).

Navy made seven of 11 3-pointers by halftime and had a 17-point lead for its largest first-half margin against a Division I opponent this season. Tom Lacey's steal and fast-break windmill dunk gave the Mids a 73-43 lead with 7:44 to go.

It was Navy's most points scored against a Division I opponent since Nov. 24, 2010, against Towson.

Howard 72, UMES 64: Charles Williams scored 17 points as the visiting Bison (4-13, 1-1 MEAC) ended a five-game losing streak.

Howard shot 52.2 percent (24-for-46) from the field.

Bakari Copeland led the Hawks (4-14, 1-2) with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

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